A Beginner’s Guide To Buying A Turntable (And Records!)

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Even if you are a seasoned veteran of analog listening and learned everything you need to know about the subject back in the 60s, this week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast has something for you. Joined by Jonathan Derda of MoFi, Episode 8 of Season 4 holds enough information on the subject of vinyl to fill the memory banks of several TI-85 graphing calculators. This guide to turntable knowledge offers some really interesting insights for any vinyl lover.

If you are new to the hobby, or are thinking about getting into record collecting – we have something really special for you. Follow the link here or check out the embed at the bottom of this post for a full rundown of everything you need to know to join the growing throngs of analog enthusiasts. It is perhaps on the biggest growing sectors in all of audiophillia, and for good reason. In our increasingly digital and virtual world, few things give you the substantial and tactile feedback as pulling back the sleeve on your favorite album and carefully dropping the needle into the groove. Apply heavy doses of cover artwork in sizes that look like actual art, and you have a visceral experience that requires well deserved focus of painstakingly created music. Allow this beginner’s guide to buying a turntable set you on the correct path with no delay.

Season four is in full swing for The Occasional Podcast, also available for download is last month’s interview with the President of Marantz and the directors of the documentary Vinyl Nation, The Occasional Beginner’s Guide To Digital Audio and our take on the “Loudness Wars” which has been a highlight for the summer. Season three was a memorable one, seeing interviews with such audio legends as Jeff Joseph, Bill Dudleston, Nelson Pass and most recently Rob Watts. We had an amazing response from our last show with Dave exploring all things Mastering, and if you haven’t checked out our beginners guide to reel-to-reel playback, it’s definitely worth a listen.

You can stream it all direct from the embed below or subscribe to The Occasional Podcast on your favorite podcast platform including iTunes, AndroidGoogle, Deezer, Spotify, iHeartRadio and more.

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Brian Hunter is the host of The Occasional Podcast by Part-Time Audiophile and the founder of Audio-Head.com.


  1. I just wish I had never sold my Gerrard 401 with SME 3009s2 to my best mate for€25..doh

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